David was having a really bad day. Burdened by guilt, afflicted by suffering, and pursued by enemies, it felt as if the whole world was collapsing on top of him. In his sin and helplessness he cried out to God for mercy and found it in the One who would one day deny mercy to His own Son so that He might lovingly grant it to us by grace.
Developing an effective prayer life is challenging, but Paul’s faithful fellow-minister, Epaphras, shows us by his own prayer life that true intercessory prayer for our fellow Christians’ sanctification can be achieved through persistence and endurance.
The book of Philemon is a biblical case study showing us how to apply the reconciling grace of Christ to the lives of others. Through an amazing example of godly diplomacy and sacrificial love, the apostle Paul shows us how individual lives and even entire communities can be transformed through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, `Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God’ (Matt. 5:9). But how do you help fellow believers achieve reconciliation once significant damage has been done? The book of Philemon is a biblical case study showing us how to apply the reconciling love of Christ to the lives of those whom we love.